Drama Recaps
Wonderful Season: Episodes 1-2
by | March 1, 2014 | 59 Comments

Wonderful Season is the new KBS weekend family drama that began last weekend, and as noted, it’s a hit right out of the gates. It had a good lead-in with KBS’s previous ratings blockbuster King’s Family, but don’t expect anything like that show in this one (a great thing, by anyone’s measure)—Wonderful Season is thoughtful, nuanced, and heartwarming.

I was prompted to check out the drama because of the writer more than anything; Lee Kyung-hee’s most recent drama (Nice Guy) was an intense melo, but she’s quite capable of writing moving, warm stories (Will It Snow For Christmas, Thank You) and that’s what I wanted to see. Thankfully, that’s what we get here—I was happy to find myself easing right into this world with its complex characters and layered relationships.

Furthermore, while Wonderful Season may be a longer-running weekend series, it has the production values and feel of a higher-budget show, so it’s working a best-of-both-worlds scenario. The cinematography is on par with miniseries, and I suppose is the closest thing you could get to a “premium weekend drama”; the show lacks that live-shot soundstage feel that you get in many family and daily dramas. I’ll admit that as a result it’s a little jarring when the show does transfer to the soundstage for the indoor and neighborhood scenes because we’re seeing familiar settings through a different camera lens, but on the whole I really enjoy this aspect of the show. I’ll be curious to see how that holds up, and how the complex relationships build and grow.

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You know the saying “You can’t go home again”? That’s the sentiment weighing on the hero of our story, KANG DONG-SEOK (Lee Seo-jin), a Seoul prosecutor who is transferred to his hometown against his wishes. Reluctantly he packs up and heads back to Gyeongju, the city near the southeastern coast that he probably swore never to return to—he doesn’t say that in words, but it’s telling that he has not returned in fifteen years or kept in contact with his family.

Dong-seok grew up poor and owes his success to his sharp intelligence, having transformed into the epitome of the urban professional. Thus his return sparks a flurry of activity in his hometown as his sprawling family scrambles to welcome him, happy to brag about him to anyone and everyone. Dong-seok is the prodigal son returning home, only in a blaze of glory; the town is literally strewn with banners proclaiming his return.

However, the welcome is not universal: Dong-seok’s golden child status and his desire to keep his family at arm’s length translates into a strained, sometimes downright fraught dynamic with some members of his family. His mother and uncles are excited to have him back, but his siblings find their reactions mixed. Not to mention the first love he has left behind but seemingly not forgotten.


Dong-seok, his first love, his twin sister, his younger brother, his hyung

The Kang family is large and messy, with a pattern of twins in each generation. For this household bursting with loyalty, love, bitterness, and resentment all at once, the repressed emotions are joined together in an inextricable knot. There are a lot of characters to keep straight so I’ll introduce them as neatly as I can (to be fair, the drama makes a purposely inchoate introduction to the relationships, because they are meant to be complicated and confused).

Dong-seok’s childhood wasn’t impoverished in a starving-and-barefooted way, but his mother was a maid to the richest family in town and his absent father was (and still is) notorious for his womanizing ways. Add to that a mentally disabled twin sister, and this means that Dong-seok is both protective of and at times embarrassed by his family. It would appear that he channeled those feelings into a motivation to leave it all behind as soon as he could.


Dong-seok’s mother, twin uncles, “aunt,” grandfather

Rather than starting us off in Dong-seok’s youth, spending weeks of airtime in the past, then speeding us to the present, Wonderful Season drops us in the middle of these fractured relationships, letting us puzzle at the source of their conflict. Flashbacks are employed to feed us tidbits and round out our understanding of the past, but I like the way the show doles out its information in pieces, letting us wonder at the in-between steps for a while.

It takes thoughtful characterization to make this work, because even when things are purposely withheld from us, they do still have to operate on internal logic, even if we can’t see the reasons yet. It makes me curious to know what happened with whom, where things went wrong, what the blood relationships actually are, and how people honestly feel about each other beyond what they say they feel.

In the 1998 timeline, teenage Dong-seok is a smart, reserved, sometimes cold high school student, and even at this age he has a rather above-it-all air. For instance, when CHA HAE-WON (played in the future by Kim Hee-sun) confesses her crush on him in a letter, he tells her he didn’t read it because it wasn’t worth reading. His outward coldness does give way when Hae-won does need help so he isn’t an asshole to the bone, but let’s just say he was never going to the be the warm and fuzzy type.

Hae-won adores Dong-seok and has been dangling after him for pretty much her whole youth. She’s bubbly and irrepressible, and perhaps Dong-seok isn’t really as indifferent as he seems, but she has one fatal flaw: She’s the daughter to the richest family in town—in a town where there aren’t any other rich people. Hae-won’s mother is absolutely the worst, and regularly yells at Dong-seok’s mother and sister. The day that Dong-seok finally shows a tiny bit of consideration for Hae-won, they both happen to hear her mother berating his, screaming, “How dare your retarded daughter dirty my precious daughter’s bed by lying on it?”

That sister—Dong-seok’s twin noona (by two minutes) DONG-OK—is as sweet and harmless as they come, and he hates to see her debased. On the other hand, he can’t do anything for his powerless family, and you get the sense that he has dealt with all his rage by suppressing it and quietly enduring.

One day poor noona Dong-ok is accused by Hae-won’s horrible mother of stealing her jewelry, and dragged to the police station. This is where another rift begins, because the twins’ kid brother DONG-HEE (later played by Taecyeon) is an incorrigible hothead, and despite the fact that he’s probably all of ten years old, he’s fired up in defense of his noona.

So when his adored hyung arrives to take care of the situation, Dong-hee feels that all will be set to rights… only to have Dong-seok reach his limit and yell at their sister instead of defending her. He demands to know if noona stole that jewelry, and when she clams up out of fear and cowers into their mother’s side, it only makes him lash out more in frustration. When all is said and done, little bro Dong-hee looks at his hyung through disillusioned eyes, all respect dashed.

That tension spills over into their adult reunion, when both brothers have taken completely disparate paths. Dong-hee has fallen prey to his fatal flaw, his uncontrollable temper: At his relatively young age he has already been kicked out of school, locked up a few times for fighting, had a failed marriage, and fathered a set of twins who believe him to be their brother (more on that in a bit).

So you can imagine the mood when Dong-seok’s homecoming happens to coincide exactly with Dong-hee’s release from jail, when the whole family is cooking up a feast and wearing their nice clothes for one son and paying little mind about the other.

Dong-hee isn’t completely forgotten, though he doesn’t show gratitude for the one person who does show up to his release—it’s his “aunt,” really one of his father’s many discarded women who has become part of the Kang family. After being ripped off by Daddy Kang, she showed up at the family’s doorstep demanding recompense. Mom apologized and took her in, and now insists to everyone that the woman is their aunt.

It’s not clear whether Aunt is truly just fond of Dong-hee or if (as I think may be hinted) she may be his birth mother. For now we know that Dong-hee was left on the doorstep with a note that he’s Daddy Kang’s child, and Mom took him in and raised him as her own. Dong-hee found this out in childhood but pretends not to know the truth, and is, as far as I can see, a proper and filial son to Mom. It’s quite sweet, and I sense it’s another source of friction between the brothers—that the biological child is the lousy son, and the adopted one the attentive one.

Lousy son though he may be, Dong-seok’s arrival is met with anticipation by Mom (played with quiet forbearance by Yoon Yeo-jung), albeit mixed with anxiety. Her reaction, I think, is the most poignant of everyone’s (although there’s a lot of bittersweetness to go around), as she stoically goes about her day while everyone else is in a flurry of activity for the homecoming.

For instance, noona Dong-ok is so excited to see her twin that she takes up watch by the street for his approach, even though it’s likely her brother won’t even recognize her. Mom has to urge her back into the house to wait, and I love the above image even as it makes my heart pang—even as she’s telling Dong-ok that waiting outside is pointless, she’s unable to stop casting a look around for Dong-seok. Just in case.

And then to make it hurt just a little more, Dong-ok spends the day getting pretty for the reunion, only to bury herself under the covers at the last minute. She’s afraid her smart, fancy brother will be ashamed of her and can’t bear to face him. And when he finally does arrive home, Mom talks to him while studiously avoiding meeting his eyes, as though scared of what she’ll see in them.

So early on, we start to see the fissures that will only grow now that Dong-seok is actually back. Even the people who are thrilled to see him are harboring resentments and sorrows, which the long absence has only encouraged to fester.

For instance, his grandfather fusses endlessly about wearing the right cologne to meet his grandson, all nervous anticipation, only when he actually sees him the first thing he does is throw a pillow at his face and yell at him for taking so long to come back. It’s not anger talking but fear, as Grandpa cries that he was deathly afraid that Dong-seok wouldn’t return before he died.

To be fair it’s not single-handedly Dong-seok’s fault, nor is he a villain or even anti-hero. We see that he cares, and he feels a combination of guilt and sadness when he’s confronted with these truths. It’s just that he reacted to the initial pressures by running away and ignoring the issues in the hopes that going out of sight would put it from his mind, and now he has fifteen years’ worth of built-up hurts and misunderstandings to contend with.

His other brother, DONG-TAK (Ryu Seung-soo), receives him cheerfully and seems the most easy-going of the siblings, but a little while later his facade breaks a bit, too. A movie extra who moved back from Seoul after his divorce, Dong-tak is a generally upbeat guy with a bit of bluster in him. However, his precocious son wonders why when Dad moved down from Seoul everybody seemed ashamed of him, and when Uncle Dong-seok moves down they’re throwing him parties. Dong-tak points out the differences in their situations, and his son gives him a sweet and heartbreaking pat on the head in consolation.

So yes, it would be a bit of an understatement to say that Dong-seok left behind some cracked relationships when he went up to Seoul. I wonder if he felt he could run forever, or that he’d never have to confront his family if he insisted on living on the other side of the country. And the show does a pretty good job thus far of not making Dong-seok despicable for his neglect of his family; if anything, it seems like he’s floundering for the right way to act rather than trying to deliberately hurt. He may be in over his head emotionally, being so repressed and stoic—a trait he shares with his mother, which may make their reconciliation the toughest of all, I suspect.

And that’s leaving out the biggest question mark of all—first love Hae-won. Once the princess of the city, her family has since been ruined and now she’s just another plebeian, working hard to support her family. It’s a reversal that is satisfying to some of the Kangs who feel this is karmic payback, but Dong-seok doesn’t seem too thrilled to see her fortunes so drastically altered.

As teenagers, he had shocked her by changing his mind and asking her to date after all, which she had jumped to accept, having wanted nothing else. And when her mother locks her in her room and prevents her from meeting Dong-seok, she sneaks outside and waits in the cold all night just to apologize for missing the date. With the tension between their families escalating and Mom determined to keep them apart, Dong-seok suggests that they run away to be together without their interfering families, and she agrees immediately.

I don’t think it’s a huge spoiler to give away what’s in the character descriptions, but this hasn’t been introduced in the drama proper yet, so take it as you will: We will see that Dong-seok made that proposition intending revenge on Hae-won’s mother, in the wake of her abuse of his mother and sister. Yet I don’t think he was so cold as to hate Hae-won all along, and in the 2014 scenes there’s definitely something in the way he regards her. Add this to another of the drama’s question marks that we’ll have to unravel with time.

That gives us the nuts and bolts of the drama, which as you can see are largely character-driven. There are lots of meaty conflicts built into this setup, and not only as Dong-seok versus Everyone; there’s plenty of conflict to go around between the supporting characters too. Acting-wise we’re dealing with mostly capable veterans who can make the most out of solid material, and I have a feeling Lee Seo-jin is going to work the hell out of this character. He imbues his restraint with intensity, giving him depth, and his world-weary resignation works so well with Dong-seok’s current situation in life.

Kim Hee-sun is a little iffier, especially since she’s adopting an accent to play Hae-won, and she’s not as perfectly in tune with the saturi as, say, the native Busan folks in Answer Me 1997. But this is a role that mixes her bubbliness with a layer of maturity and her character is easy to root for—down on her luck but proactive and assertive—so mostly I’m content with her in the role.

Taecyeon does feel a little in over his head, both acting- and accent-wise, and while his youth works with Dong-hee’s immaturity and impetuousness, I can’t help but feel that he’ll be buried by Lee Seo-jin’s gravitas. The directing helps smooth out the rough edges somewhat and I hope he’ll ease into the role; right now I see him clomping around violently and think he’s “acting angry” rather than being angry. But it’s a meaty role with lots of growth potential, so let’s hope he rises to the occasion.

An interesting note about Wonderful Season is that it does employ some of the makjang standards, but is pretty far from being a makjang drama. In fact, I’d say it’s poking fun at the genre a bit, with its matter-of-fact mentions of birth secrets and questionable parentage. For instance, Dong-hee is the father to twins, and given that he was probably barely an adult at the time, his mother ended up taking in the kids and calling them her own. It’s a little ridiculous considering the ages involved, but for now the kids believe it, and one wonders at what point they’ll get hip to the truth.

Here’s a case of a drama using a trope that often gets lumped into makjang territory without actually being that kind of show; birth secrets aren’t intrinsically makjang. They happen to be incorporated into those stories frequently because of the easy drama they provide, but they needn’t signal that quality on their own, and this drama’s a case of that.

In any case, the drama’s tone has me intrigued, its acting has me invested, and the writing is so far doing its job in keeping my curiosity piqued. I love seeing weekend family dramas expanding past their usual range to deliver something a little more introspective and layered, but doing so without ditching the warmth and intergenerational bonding that are at the heart of these shows. Since this is a 50-episode weekender, recaps will stop here (no time! Who’s hoarding all the time?!), but I’ll be coming back as a viewer.

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59 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. xlyngx

    The preview is great, I will try to catch it. Thanks Javabeans!

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  2. Joy

    This looks really interesting but I’m a little intimidated by the length of the drama..

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    • 2.1 neener

      I know what you mean… I want to watch it but damn the episodes… I’m not sure I can last that long hahaha

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    • 2.2 Altins

      I used to have this kind of “allergic” to weekend dramas, but not anymore. Since I follow them weekly, somehow, it becomes manageable. Hehehe..

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    • 2.3 xoxoxq

      I’m at ep 10 now and my heart races whenever Lee Seo Jin oppa appears!

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  3. Haley

    Lee seo jin and kim hee sun both have good acting skills. The story seems interesting so far.
    I love taecyeon…..so hot!
    From 2PM, I also love nickhun….so cute. he can sing, dance, rap…..Taecyeona and Nickhun both have good looks and talent.

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  4. JLiann

    This looks interesting. Where can I actually watch this?

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    • 4.1 Amy

      If you’re in the US, try KBS’s YouTube channel next week. They’re currently releasing eps for “Wang Family,” on a 2-week delayed schedule, which means they’re just getting to the last two episodes of that drama this weekend. Once that ends, I’m hoping they’ll turn their attention to this one next weekend. I really want to watch it, too!

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    • 4.2 Shadow-chan

      KBS World is going to upload their YouTube channel, but with a couple of weeks delay – I think the first episodes are going to be uploaded next weekend.

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    • 4.3 PollyRose

      I don’t know your region or access, but I saw Viki is getting the license for it.

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  5. JoJo

    Might give this a look. I’ve seen weekenders that I really liked…Ojakgyo Bros., Life is Beautiful. But, I’ve been bored to tears by others like My Daughter Seo Young and My Love Madame Butterfly. I usually DVR these and watch when I can.

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  6. Swee

    Many thanks for reviewing the first 2 eps, managed to watch the subbed ep 1 and was having problem finding out who is who, so thank you for outlining the characters. I can see myself watching this till the end, imagine watching Mr Dimple every week for the next 6 months?

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  7. KDaddict

    King’s family really scared the hell out of me regarding weekend dramas. And to think that it got 48% or so in ratings!!
    This seems intriguing. But Once painful, twice shy. Better wait for more eps before committing and then suffering for 25 weeks, which is half a year! How many half years do we have in an adult life?

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    • 7.1 houstontwin

      I know, I spent 50 hours of my life on King’s Family. What’s wrong with me!?! I should have practiced piano or cleaned out my garage.

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    • 7.2 KDaddict

      It’s Sunday. I went and watched the first 3 eps, and find the show v attractive. I esp. like the young man who plays the young Seojinnie. We know what to expect for KHS and LSJ, but this unknown young actor captures the mannerisms, personality and conflicts of his grown-up counter perfectly. SK really has a good supply of good young actors.
      3 eps. So far so good. Fingers tightly crossed.
      Looking fwd to the thawing of Seojinnie’s prosecutor and his mending fences all around.

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      • 7.2.1 aznative

        That “unknown young man” is actor Park Bo Geum. He starred in “Wonderful Mama” as the youngest of three children. He was wonderful in that series. He was also cast in “Bridal Mask”.

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        • 7.2.1.1 aznative

          sorry….”young man….”

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  8. E.

    I love how layered all the characters sound, it defo makes me curious about their past. (But also 50 eps! I never managed to sit through an entire weekend drama before..).

    I also share the same sentiments when it comes to taecyeon. I always feel like his acting is a bit over the top, i wish he could tone it down a bit.. That being said, his character is really interesting though.. Single father of twins?? Curious how that will play out

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    • 8.1 nomad

      Yes, the writing of Taecyeon’s character is really interesting… I’m extremely reluctant on watching him act, though…I saw him in We Got Married, and thought “Why do I feel like he has to even try to act on this show?” Hopefully I’ll be wrong. The show looks sooo interesting, maybe I’ll just pick and choose episodes, since 50 is about twice as many as my maximum episodes to watch.

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      • 8.1.1 starsng

        what was wrong with him on We Got Married? He did great

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      • 8.1.2 Waiting

        He was a bit stiff and cold on WGM Global especially when paired with his upbeat and bubbly “wife”. That said, I did think he an okay job on Who Are You – okay, not stellar. But it will be interesting to see how his acting evolves working with veteran actors for 50 episodes. I think that is a good period of time to get comfortable with a character as well.

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  9. fun-lugha

    Once upon a time I used to marathon dailies (120+ episodes!)…too much time in my hands mein! ;)

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  10. 10 raindrops1

    Thanks for the recap of the first 2 eps. My interest is def piqued and it sounds like there potential for this show to be good. The fact that it’s bringing something different (in a good way) than what we would usually get in a weekend drama is great. 50 eps is def long but if it’s a good show with solid writing, acting and an engaging storyline I think it will be well worth the investment.

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  11. 11 dumbo

    Thanks JB for the insightful recap that blows away the relationships-fog in me.

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  12. 12 Carole McDonnell

    Wow, thanks so much for this intro. It’ll give me bearings when i start watching. Am wondering what happened to the mom of the birth-secret twins. No doubt she’ll pop up. This is looking so good and I’m hoping to start liking Taecyeon. He seems to get good roles but..somehow…. well, let’s hope his skillz improves. Thanks for this.

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  13. 13 neyrie

    I usually shelf weekend because the over 30 episode wait usually wears me down… but this one is really pulling me in and it is all because of writer Lee hyung Hee…
    All of her works, from Sangdo Let’s go to school to Thank You, to innocent Man have always captivated me… so this one would be tough to resist…

    So glad that Seo Jin comeback to drama land is getting stellar ratings… NOt a fan of Kim Hee Sun nor taecyeon but it has Seo jin… so I am gonna check this out for sure…!

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  14. 14 Ppasun

    The only thing I don’t like so far is the satoori some actors are using including Taecyon. It’s taking place in Gyeongjoo, Gyeongsangbook-do, but some actors are using Busan/Gyeongsangnam-do dialect, which gets on my nerves. I see that the writer herself comes from Gyeongsangnam-do. I hope she gets someone to help her with proper Gyeongjoo satoori.

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  15. 15 Dramafed1782

    THANK YOUUUUUUU SSSSOOOOO MUCH JB!!!! I don’t why from the beginning this drama piqued my interest. It gives me the vibes of a movie Winona Ryder did in the early stages of her career – Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael. Yes the story is different, but you know, the plotlines – trying to fit into a family you would have known or long forgotten, the feelings of friction between the family members and the feelings of being loved by them.

    It just tugs the heart. I am gonna watch once KBS World uploads it, but I hope you could keep giving in a brief recap whenever it is possible for you (or if GF could rotate with you :) )

    But thank you once again :)

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  16. 16 Langit13iru

    Thanks for the intro. Damn, I’m also crying while reading about the Kang family background. So many questions.

    First I love the cinematography. I can’t wait to watch this on my tv due to it’s prettiness.

    Can I say that Taec and LSJ looks almost similar like real brothers.

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    • 16.1 Jessy

      That’s what I thought also once I saw them on the poster/cover

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  17. 17 Carmelia

    tq jb

    I think the drama ratings will go up further

    (higher than wang family) because of the

    dialect language we don’t hear quite often in korean

    dramas – satori ? .

    Tecyeon acting – too much eye glaring need to tone

    down with his shouting and his high pitch words.

    Seo jin, his character is cold but yet subtle with in depth

    emotions. Ha won’s character looks pathetic at the

    moment.

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  18. 18 owl

    “…and I hope he’ll ease into the role; right now I see him clomping around violently and think he’s “acting angry” rather than being angry.”

    Hi javabeans, that was my impression of Taecyeon’s acting, too. I find myself always rooting for him, but I’m never quite won over by his acting. Still, his all around “aw, shucks” super nice and sincere personality and smile (not to mention hot abs) makes him immensely likeable and therefore I watch the dramas that he’s in with a less than critical eye. Hopefully, he was cast because they see something in him that will, as you stated, allow him to grow into his role. I am counting on Taecyeon’s potential to materialize in this kdrama. Hope that’s not asking for too much (*said with reservation*)

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    • 18.1 pogo

      If he’s got any acting potential at all, I hope it shows up just so watching him becomes a little less cringeworthy.

      I’ve never been very forgiving of likability as a substitute for actual acting ability, or as a reason for viewing someone’s performance throw specially lowered standards so if he’s got the chops (and I have my doubts about that), an LKH drama should bring them out.

      And if it doesn’t, thank god JYP is not powerful enough to get Lee Kyung-hee to lower her standards enough to make him the lead.

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      • 18.1.1 pogo

        *through*, not throw. Damn autocorrect!

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  19. 19 Ophie

    Good recap, thank you! This looks like a show I will be watching after it completes. I look forward to it and hope it is all that it can be!

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  20. 20 liz

    Hm, I prefer actors that underact than overact. It is more bearable.

    I can’t watch Taec or Changmin on screen (tried to watch Mimi and he is still bad), they can’t act their characters, rather I see them trying to act their character.

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  21. 21 dptmejthd

    Taecyeon!! Love the acting and love your role in this drama.
    I look forward to it every week~할머시1 ㅋㅋㅋㅋ
    You are doing great!

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  22. 22 Tara

    I was about to watch ep2 tonight but reading the recap here has me thinking I can skip right to ep3…this recap cleared up some of the confusion I had regarding who was who (miswrote on OT when I said the twin kids were Dong-tak’s…didn’t even think it was possible then, lol).

    I can’t quite put my finger on which weekend drama this feels like (nothing recent, that’s for sure–maybe Childless Comfort?)…but I’m already liking this! I just hope it doesn’t follow suit and go all makjang on us later on…but guess we’ll have to watch and see.

    Thank you for the recap, JB! :)

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  23. 23 hipployta

    The Woman Who Married Three timed will be finishing soon so I’ll be picking this up to go with Empress Ki and In a Good Way…who knew some day I’d so calmly watch these long weekend dramas especially the unsubbed ones. Thankfully subbing isn’t much of a problem these days because I only understand 30-50% of the dialogue in shows

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  24. 24 Mrs.Jang Guem Suk

    I love Love Love how 1 person says they don’t like Taec n the next comment is like “We Love You Taecyeon ” lol ……… Lol I’m only watching because it has 1 of Bostons own Fightin Oppa 😍

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  25. 25 Ann

    Thanks for the recap because it helped clarify some of the relationships I was confused about. I will definitely be watching this. Taceyon seems much better here than in Who Are You; at least I’m not fixated on his ears. I was also impressed with Kim See Hun. I did not recognize her because she looks so young with her makeup subdued. Thank you show for not casting a barely legal idol with a 40 plus year old lead!

    I know you can’t do 50 eps, but a summary at the halfway point and another at the end would be a sweet gift!

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  26. 26 Lilian Kuan

    Thanks you so much for the wonderful recap. It ‘s really gives me much understanding of this drama.
    Now, I am into ep.3, I am looking forward to the main leading actors, Lee Seo-jin and Kim Hee-seon’s chemistry.

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  27. 27 NINI

    Just watch ep.1 – love Kim Hee Sun so much. BTW, I cannot uderstand what kind of relationship between Dong Hee and the “aunt”? Is she his real mother?

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    • 27.1 Langit13iru

      Yep, the aunt is DongHee birth mother. But she left him at Kang’s house when still baby and the adopted mother took him in. I think few years later she came back but never told anyone about it. Meanwhile, DH just thought that aunt is just one of his father mistress

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  28. 28 liona

    I Can’t see this drama in any website or android apps. Don’t know why. This drama is also new.

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  29. 29 c_gunawan541

    I didn’t know this drama is penned by Lee Kyung Hee, I love her writing style and there’s this certain thoughtful-melo ambience in her dramas which I like.

    I can relate and feel for the characters, there are some makjang elements in her story but it doesn’t seem overboard and she makes those elements become a catalyst to further add in tension organically.

    I wasn’t expecting her to write a family drama which is about 50episodes since over the recent years, she wrote mostly mini dramas. I just hope she’s able to cope with the large number of episodes and not drag it but since this is a family drama, there’s more room for characterizations.

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    • 29.1 pogo

      yeah, she’s a writer I like to watch out for – her dramas may not be perfect, but they can be gripping and heartfelt, and usually cast great leads.

      Though I’ve never seen any of her dramas with older leads, I hope LSJ and KHS will turn out to have chemistry that was as good as that of the couples in Sang-doo, MiSa, ALTK, Thank You, and of course Nice Guy.

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  30. 30 Rachel

    Why is it that weekend dramas tend to do better in terms of ratings? I’m always hearing of weekend dramas reaching the 40%-50% mark but hardly the case for the other weekday dramas. I think the last time I heard a weekday drama reach 40% ratings was “the moon that embraces the sun”? I read a previous javabeans article that said this drama has already reached 30% ratings in its first episode whereas dramas like YFAS did not reach those figures even after 21 episodes?

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    • 30.1 ilikemangos

      People are home on weekends, families gather to watch.
      People are busy/work on weekdays.
      Ahjummas control the remote, alot of the times. Ahjummas like weekenders.

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  31. 31 hellochloe

    When you said it reminded you of Will It Snow For Christmas?, I immediately downloaded the first two episodes! Have yet to watch it though, so I won’t be reading this recap yet, but I’d like to thank you for that comment :)

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  32. 32 flat

    I like this drama especially the main lead guy. His acting is the best in here. Hee Sun is not to my liking yet, hopefully I’ll like her later on. And the worst thing can’t find the subs anywhere..Arggg..

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  33. 33 Juno

    This drama isn’t on viki or dramafever. Where can I watch it?

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    • 33.1 BadBob

      DarkSmurfSub has episodes 1 and 2.

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    • 33.2 AdAl

      I got an email from Viki stating that they just acquired the license and will be two weeks’ late subbing it. I’ve flagged it because I’m interested in watching the one with English subs as well.

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  34. 34 exquisitemelody

    does anyone know another website that’s recapping this? i’d love to keep up, but i just don’t have time to actually watch it!

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  35. 35 risa

    Thank you! Wonderful Season is already eliciting some wonderful feelz.. I’m in!

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  36. 36 ilikemangos

    I do enjoy the tone. My fear is mainly the fact that it has 50 episodes..(I have commitment issues once a show veers into frustrating territory). Too early to predict… but i wouldn’t mind just following this show and watching the characters interact instead of for the plot, which seems to be the case for family dramas.
    For once i find all this mumble jumble birth secrets/family relationships somewhat intriguing.. Not to mention characters that actually seem complex.
    I think dong-hee as a character could have some good developments, so i’m curious where the writer could take his character..but you are spot on when you say that taecyeon looks more like he’s ACTING angry than being angry as dong-hee.

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  37. 37 Anaïs

    Aw, so good! I even emailed my mom (which I rarely ever do because she’s not so tech-savvy) to see if she’s watching this. Right up her alley.

    I’m almost afraid to continue lest it take a downward turn toward the end.

    Committing to Lee Kyung Hee, knowing she’s Lee Kyung Hee, is very likely a masochistic act, so… But here’s hoping.

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  38. 38 Ida

    Love this drama, it is just like my family (without over the top flourishes).

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